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Seeking advice on buying a leather suit - August 15, 2007, 10:44 AM

I am going to start doing some track-days to improve my riding skills and to have some fun. So, I need to get a leather suit that I can wear on track-days (and also on the streets). I have tried on a few different suits and tend to prefer one-piece suits.

It would be really helpful to hear from anyone who has bought a suit for the same purpose.

What do you look for in a suit? What brands should I look at, and what brands should I stay away from (if any)?

Fit (how do you know if it fits if you buy over the internet?), strong seams, perforation and ventilation, protection? Anything else?

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August 15, 2007, 10:48 AM

I personally like alpinestars. I've crahed in mine twice and it's held up really well.


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August 15, 2007, 10:56 AM

Vanson. Have had mine for about 15 years and still going! Been down in it a few times and it only needs a little hole fixed were a peg went thru. Don't buy a cheap suit cause that is what you get! Get the dual zipper for easy on and off!


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August 15, 2007, 11:02 AM

Thanks for the quick response, Kim and Dodge!

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I personally like alpinestars. I've crahed in mine twice and it's held up really well.
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August 15, 2007, 11:03 AM

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August 15, 2007, 11:19 AM

I bought a MotoGP suit and have had it repaired once by Barnacle Bill. I've down 6 times in it on the track and it has held up fairly well and for 550.00 delivered to the door from SportBikeTrackGear.com you can't beat it.

I will likely look for something like an Alpinstars next. Point is, most suits have an inherent level of protection. the most important thing with the suit is fit and armor.


If you plan to wear a back protector (I'd suggest it), keep that in mind when sizing the suit. If you want to buy one brand and you've found the model online for a great price, visit a local store that carries the brand and try them on so you know how they size the suits. stay away from frills and vents and innerwear. Look for CE armor, good leather (perforated is okay if you plan to ride in the summer), the right fit, and a back hump.

If you can find someone who has the model you want and ask for their opinion on construction. Barnacle Bill or Alexa can both put together no frills suits for a very reasonable price as well.


You've got the right idea in thinking one piece and looking for advice.

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Vanson. Have had mine for about 15 years and still going! Been down in it a few times and it only needs a little hole fixed were a peg went thru. Don't buy a cheap suit cause that is what you get! Get the dual zipper for easy on and off!
Dodge, did you get the Volante suit? It has gotten some good reviews, including the dual zipper for convenient on/off!
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Dodge, did you get the Volante suit? It has gotten some good reviews, including the dual zipper for convenient on/off!
Yup that what I got but just the 1 zipper. The 2 zipper came out a couple of years later. I will not ever buy anything but Vanson.


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August 15, 2007, 11:28 AM

Motoneko and talk to Cujo. I haven't bought any riding gear from them but they are very helpful and I've heard many people give great reviews for him and he is in the local area (Baltimore that is) and never heard anything bad about him.


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August 15, 2007, 11:43 AM

Look for a washable liner, or look into buying a liner suit that you can wash.

Or that might just be a girl's point of view... but there's nothing attractive about rashes


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Motoneko and talk to Cujo. I haven't bought any riding gear from them but they are very helpful and I've heard many people give great reviews for him and he is in the local area (Baltimore that is) and never heard anything bad about him.
I am checking out this site, and they seem good.

Also, thanks for your PM. I am still digesting all the information you provided about trackdays and am sure I will have more questions to PM your way soon!
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Look for a washable liner, or look into buying a liner suit that you can wash.

Or that might just be a girl's point of view... but there's nothing attractive about rashes
That's a good point. I have washable insets for my helmet, so why not for the race suit!?!! Any particular material that I should look for? I presume they come perforated for some ventilation!
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Wear Under Armour spandex type stuff under your leathers. It is a must, it helps keep you cool, sort of helps keep the suit clean (the inside) and makes it easy to take the suit on and off especially when your covered in sweat. There are a few companies out there that makes stuff specially for under leathers but most people just use Under Armour.


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August 15, 2007, 12:04 PM

MotoGP suits are phenominal, and for the price can hardl be beat. $650 for a great suit. If money is no object then Vanson suits are an option too, all the Cornerspeed guys have them, probably because they are sponsored by Vanson.

The gear required is:
Leathers - $400-$1000
Gloves (gauntlet) - $100+
Boots - $220+
Back protector - $100-180
Helmet less than 5 years old - $150-550


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+1 Call or PM Sree/Cujo @ Motoneko. Let him know you're on the site.


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